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Best Bar On The Water/Palm Beach Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 1999 - The Seafood Bar at the Breakers

The Seafood Bar at the Breakers

The Seafood Bar at the Breakers

1 S. County Road

Palm Beach, FL 33480

561-659-8488

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Poor Palm Beach County. Forty-seven miles of coastline means forty-seven miles of azure waves lapping and frothing at clean and uncrowded beaches. But barely a beachfront bar to be found. In the infinite, albeit unintended, wisdom of bureaucrat land planners and developers, Palm Beach County has left waterfront bars to Broward, where the sunburned among us can traipse salt and sand into any of dozens of oceanfront and Intracoastal bars and get a draught in a frosty mug. But Palm Beach is more genteel. Instead of bikini contests and stale keg beer, Palm Beach offers the Seafood Bar, which features a $55 two-pound lobster and merely overlooks the Atlantic by way of a giant picture window behind the bar. It's a stunning view indeed, particularly within the context of this aristocratic, century-old Palm Beach hotel. An ocean view is an ocean view is an ocean view. So why is this the best? Because of the bar itself. It's an aquarium. The lighted, horseshoe-shaped bar seats 16 and comes complete with tropical fish -- clown fish, trumpet fish, and damsels -- and faux ferns and fauna. "You want to ask me how we feed the fish?" asks bartender Kenny Willig. "Room service takes care of that." Considering its the tony Breakers of Palm Beach, he's probably not joking.
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The Breakers Hotel, while the business itself is over 100 years old, the building is not. The current Breakers Hotel is actually the third version of the hotel, built in the late 1920s after the second hotel burned down along with the old Palm Beach Hotel in 1925.

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